I like the way the identities are permitted to upstage the plot in “Fighting,” a standard three-act battle story that makes phenomenally intriguing characters. Set in the boulevards of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx, including a credulous child from Alabama and an amiable hawker from Chicago, it happens in a mystery universe of road fighting for high money stakes. Do rich folks truly wager many thousands on a shut entryway, uncovered knuckle fight? I dunno, however it’s less expensive than recording a prizefight field.
Channing Tatum is Shawn, whose father was a wrestling mentor close Birmingham. Terrence Howard plays Harvey, who everyone appears to know.